Answer: The general and the individual management are divided only in our perception. In truth, it is not so. Our reactions, the personal journey of each one—everything is programmed into the system and is predetermined. However, in our view, these acts unfold gradually and require our effort in finding our freewill.
All of this is due to our inability to harmonize the two opposites. Originally, they were revealed to Abraham. The Creator told him that his seed will be named Isaac and commanded him to lay Isaac on the altar. These acts are as far from each other as day and night. However, for the Creator, there is no difference. Light and darkness are one.
He brought the point of desire out of Light by creating darkness, but only in relation to the created beings so that they could feel having been created and existing separately from the Creator. In truth, the desire to feel pleasure, which we feel independently simply doesn’t exist.
The general and individual governance in our eyes are as different as the following two principles: “If I am not for me, who is for me?” and “There is none else besides Him.” All of this manifests before us as a game, like an exercise, so that while we are ascending the rungs of our desire, we are able to see how different they are, to see the rivalry of the right and the left lines and make up the middle line. Until the very final correction (Gmar Tikkun), we will be experiencing the imbalance of these two constantly colliding opposites.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/8/10, The Zohar